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Shinji Nakano
Born 1 1971 (1971-Template:Pad2digit-Template:Pad2digit) (age 46)
Osaka, Japan
Died {{{death_date}}}
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Formula One career
Nationality Flag-of-japansmall Japanese
Years 19971998

Template:Infobox Le Mans driver

Not to be confused with Japanese MotoGP rider Shinya Nakano.

Shinji Nakano (中野 信治, born 1 April 1971 in Osaka, Japan[1]) is a racing driver from Japan.

His father, Tsuneharu, was also a racing driver. He competed in the All-Japan Formula Three Championship.

Racing careerEdit

Pre Formula One CareerEdit

1984-'88: Karting, several Japanese titles.
1989: 7th in Japanese Formula 3 championship
1990: European Formula Opel Lotus Championship, 1 victory
1991: Formula Opel Lotus Euroseries
1992: Japanese Formula 3 and Formula 3000 championship
1993-'94: Japanese Formula 3 championship
1995-'96: Japanese Formula 3000 championship

Formula One CareerEdit

Nakano98es

Nakano in the 1998 Spanish Grand Prix, driving a Minardi.

Nakano made his debut at the 1997 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne for the Prost Grand Prix team, owned by legendary four times Formula One World Champion Alain Prost. The 1997 season saw him score two world championship points with a pair of sixth places.

With his place at Prost heavily reliant on their engine partners Mugen-Honda it came as no surprise when a switch to Peugeot power saw the French outfit drop Nakano in favour of the young Jarno Trulli and the fit again Olivier Panis. However Nakano was able to pick up a ride at perennial backmarkers Minardi for the 1998 season.

Unsurprisingly, Nakano struggled in the under-powered, under-financed Italian team. He failed to score any points in 1998 and bowed out of Formula One racing for good at his home Grand Prix at Suzuka, Japan, having contested a total of 33 Grands Prix. He spent 1999 as an occasional test driver for the Jordan team, which also used Mugen-Honda engines.[2]

After Formula OneEdit

After Formula One, Nakano went to race in Champ Car for Walker Racing and Fernandez Racing. He made 56 starts from 2000 to 2002 with a best points finish of 17th in 2002 and a best race result of 4th at the 2002 Molson Indy Toronto. He also started 15th in the 2003 Indianapolis 500 for Beck Motorsports, finishing 14th. He competed in the 2006 and 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans races and returned to the event in 2011 with OAK Racing and 2012 with the Boutsen Ginon squad.

HelmetEdit

Nakano's helmet was black with a black circle on the top surrounded by a white halo, with a red and silver flame design surrounding the visor and a black and silver checkered flag behind of it, in CART he changed the black for white, the halo became blue, the black circle became red, the checkered flag disappeared and the flame became red with blue outline. in LeMans, he added more flames in the point where the checkered flag was.

Racing careerEdit

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1997 Prost Gauloises Blondes Prost JS45 Mugen-Honda MF-301HB
3.0 V10
AUS
7
BRA
14
ARG
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
6
FRA
Ret
GBR
11Template:Sup
GER
7
HUN
6
BEL
Ret
ITA
11
AUT
Ret
LUX
Ret
JPN
Ret
EUR
10
18th 2
1998 Fondmetal Minardi Team SpA Minardi M198 Ford JD Zetec-R 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
ARG
13
SMR
Ret
ESP
14
MON
9
CAN
7
FRA
17Template:Sup
GBR
8
AUT
11
GER
Ret
HUN
15
BEL
8
ITA
Ret
LUX
15
JPN
Ret
NC 0

Template:Sup Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they had completed over 90% of the race distance.

American Open-WheelEdit

(key)

CARTEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2000 Walker Racing USAflagsmall
MIA
8
USAflagsmall
LBH
 
25px-Brazilflag
RIO
 
Flag-of-japansmall
MOT
14
USAflagsmall
NZR
Wth
USAflagsmall
MIL
Ret
USAflagsmall
DET
15
USAflagsmall
POR
11
USAflagsmall
CLE
Ret
25px-Canadaflag
TOR
Ret
USAflagsmall
MIS
Ret
USAflagsmall
CHI
Ret
USAflagsmall
MDO
Ret
USAflagsmall
ROA
Ret
25px-Canadaflag
VAN
Ret
USAflagsmall
LS
Ret
USAflagsmall
STL
Ret
USAflagsmall
HOU
8
25px-AustraliaFLAG
SRF
Ret
USAflagsmall
FON
Ret
24th 12
2001 Fernández Racing 25px-Mexicoflag
MTY
18
USAflagsmall
LBH
12
USAflagsmall
TXS
NH
USAflagsmall
NZR
15
Flag-of-japansmall
MOT
8
USAflagsmall
MIL
16
USAflagsmall
DET
13
USAflagsmall
POR
Ret
USAflagsmall
CLE
Ret
25px-Canadaflag
TOR
9
USAflagsmall
MIS
Ret
USAflagsmall
CHI
16
USAflagsmall
MDO
18
USAflagsmall
ROA
15
25px-Canadaflag
VAN
14
Flag of Germany
LAU
Ret
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
ROC
17
USAflagsmall
HOU
15
USAflagsmall
LS
Ret
25px-AustraliaFLAG
SRF
12
USAflagsmall
FON
Ret
26th 11
2002 Fernández Racing 25px-Mexicoflag
MTY
15
USAflagsmall
LBH
12
Flag-of-japansmall
MOT
10
USAflagsmall
MIL
18
USAflagsmall
LS
14
USAflagsmall
POR
11
USAflagsmall
CHI
5
25px-Canadaflag
TOR
4
USAflagsmall
CLE
10
25px-Canadaflag
VAN
11
USAflagsmall
MDO
9
USAflagsmall
ROA
11
25px-Canadaflag
MTL
9
USAflagsmall
DEN
16
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
ROC
16
USAflagsmall
MIA
14
25px-AustraliaFLAG
SRF
13
USAflagsmall
FON
15
25px-Mexicoflag
MXC
14
17th 43

IndyCarEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2003 Beck Motorsports USAflagsmall
HMS
 
USAflagsmall
PHX
 
Flag-of-japansmall
MOT
11
USAflagsmall
INDY
14
USAflagsmall
TXS
 
USAflagsmall
PPIR
 
USAflagsmall
RIR
 
USAflagsmall
KAN
 
USAflagsmall
NSH
 
USAflagsmall
MIS
 
USAflagsmall
STL
 
USAflagsmall
KTY
 
USAflagsmall
NZR
 
USAflagsmall
CHI
 
USAflagsmall
FON
 
USAflagsmall
TX2
 
29th 35

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Template:Tooltip Template:Tooltip
2005 22px-Flag of France Courage Compétition 22px-Flag of France Jonathan Cochet
22px-Flag of France Bruce Jouanny
Courage C60H-Judd LMP1 52 DNF DNF
2006 22px-Flag of France Courage Compétition 22px-Flag of France Jean-Marc Gounon
Flag-of-japansmall Haruki Kurosawa
Courage LC70-Mugen LMP1 35 DNF DNF
2007 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Creation Autosportif Ltd. 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
[[Image:Template:Country flag alias CHE|||22x20px}}|Template:Country alias CHE]] Felipe Ortiz
Creation CA07-Judd LMP1 55 DNF DNF
2008 22px-Flag of Spain Epsilon Euskadi 22px-Flag of Sweden Stefan Johansson
22px-Flag of France Jean-Marc Gounon
Epsilon Euskadi EE1-Judd LMP1 158 DNF DNF
2011 22px-Flag of France OAK Racing 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Nicolas de Crem
22px-Flag of the Czech Republic Jan Charouz
OAK Pescarolo 01 Evo-Judd LMP2 313 14th 5th
2012 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Boutsen Ginion Racing 22px-Flag of France Bastien Brière
Flag of Germany Jens Petersen
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 325 24th 10th
2013 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Delta-ADR 22px-Flag of Thailand.svg Tor Graves
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Archie Hamilton
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 101 DNF DNF

ReferencesEdit

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